Workplace wellbeing refers to everything that creates a favourable work atmosphere for employees to thrive in and deliver their very best. It includes the implementation of safety measures, physical safety, peace of mind, work hours, employee physical and mental health, and also how employees feel about their work and workplace (The ILO, 2020).
Over the past decade, employers in Australia have realised the significance of employee health and wellbeing. In fact, there has been a higher emphasis in recent times on the importance of mental health, which was earlier largely overlooked.
According to a Beyond Blue survey, over 91% of Australian employers now agree that mental wellbeing is important, and this is slightly more than the 88% who agree that physical wellbeing is (Beyond Blue, 2020).
The same study also shows the impacts of recent mental health trends on the workplace. It shows that one in every five Australian employees has claimed at least one day sick leave due to mental health conditions during the previous twelve months.
Whilst workplace wellbeing has always played a pivotal role in ensuring optimal utilisation of human resources (Nordea, 2020), its importance since the 2020 pandemic cannot be overlooked.
How we invest in human capital at this time may prove the difference between businesses that stand the test of time and those that do not. Our people survived through 2020, holding on to optimism that things will eventually return to normal. As 2021 is upon us, and a new normal emerges, are we prepared to
help our employees thrive in this new world?
Collagis is committed to helping businesses like yours to optimise workforce and organisational effectiveness.
We'd love to share with you how we can help you address workplace wellbeing.